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Sheffield Reservoir Walk

Santa Barbara, CA
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Sheffield Reservoir Walk, Santa Barbara California

Description

The walk at Sheffield Reservoir gives you that expansive Sound-of-Music feeling with its wide open spaces and glorious mountain views. Boulders dot the landscape and make for fun climbing for kids. Patches of flowers are everywhere. The historic Spanish-style reservoir, with its white walls and chunky turrets, makes for a pretty view. Because it was an open-air reservoir it can no longer be used under California regulations. There are many paths crisscrossing around the reservoir and the short walks are easy for kids. Come early in the day because there's no shade.
It's fun to watch the hang-gliders overhead. They take off from Gibraltar Rd way up in the mountains.
There is a beautiful drive that you should take home. Turn left on Highway 192 (go east). Continue straight on Mission Ridge Rd instead of turning left to follow the signs for Highway 192. Continue straight on Las Alturas Rd. It will wind round and round offering you the most wonderful vistas overlooking the city and the ocean. You'll be so jealous of the homeowners! It leads to Alameda Padre Serra. Turn left on Alameda Padre Serra, Right on Cota St, left on Milpas St, and this will lead you back to Highway 101. Have fun!

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Boulders and flowers in the sun.
Boulders and flowers in the sun.
Hangglider enjoying the day. They jump off at Gibraltar Rd.
Hangglider enjoying the day. They jump off at Gibraltar Rd.
Wide green spaces and mountains.
Wide green spaces and mountains.
The path at Sheffield Reservoir.
The path at Sheffield Reservoir.
A couple walks on the grass between rows of boulders.
A couple walks on the grass between rows of boulders.
Beauty everywhere.
Beauty everywhere.
Boulder to climb, and the reservoir behind.
Boulder to climb, and the reservoir behind.
Flowers catch the sunlight. See the strand of trees in the distance.
Flowers catch the sunlight. See the strand of trees in the distance.
View down the coast from Las Alturas Rd.
View down the coast from Las Alturas Rd.

Directions

The Sheffield Reservoir walk is located on Highway 192 immediately east of Mountain Dr. You will see the big white reservoir and the parking lot beside it. If you need an address for your GPS, type in Mission Ridge Rd and W. Mountain Dr, Santa Barbara CA 93103.
Exit Highway 101 at Las Positas Rd and head toward the mountains. Go about 1.5 miles (through the State St intersection) and then turn right on Foothill Rd (Highway 192). This is a pretty drive. Go 2 miles. You will come to a spot where you end up at a T (you can't go straight, only left or right). Turn left here. The reservoir is just a short distance after that, on your left.

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Visitor Ratings

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Dan
09/07/2014 06:54
Makes it seem something it isn't. This local neighborhood park's most obvious feature is a wide concrete perimeter path looping around a central hillock. The concrete path is almost entirely concealed in the current set of photos, presumably in order to give a wilderness impression. As is the hillock which is ringed with a rigid metal fence and was constructed to hold a couple of huge water tanks. Large boulders are distributed in lines. You are not in the midst of the wilderness here. It looks and feels man-made. But it is still a pleasant, little space on its own terms. Locals often walk their dogs here and it is close to the top entrance of Parma Park, which the description above more closely resembles. Takes 5-10 minutes to walk the perimeter path. There are also unpaved paths within the perimeter. Could use some more benches.

Brooke Teal Robbins
09/04/2012 18:31
One of the best parks in Santa Barbara that has one of the most amazing views, this park has great meaning to my family and our legacy as part of the view from the park looks over our family estate that was built by our family members. Dogs love this park as well as children who can safely ride bikes or explore the trail. Our family has great memories and hope someday for many generations to come many more at this wonderful walking park.

Ken
09/12/2011 12:58
excellent helpful site
thank you:)

Last Updated Fri, 26 Oct 2012 23:25:36 GMT